Making Elderberry Syrup at Home

Elderberry syrup is a traditional remedy that has been used for generations to boost the immune system and fight off cold and flu symptoms. Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that can help strengthen your immune system and protect your body against infections. Making elderberry syrup at home is simple and easy, and the result is a delicious and healthy syrup that you can enjoy throughout the year.

To make elderberry syrup, you will need dried elderberries, water, honey, and a few spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. You will need to simmer the elderberries and spices in water until the liquid is reduced by half. Then, strain the mixture and add honey to taste. Elderberry syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks and can be taken daily to boost your immune system or whenever you feel like you need a little extra support.

Elderberry syrup is a great way to stay healthy and protect yourself against the seasonal cold and flu. It is easy to make, delicious, and packed with many health benefits. Give it a try and enjoy the comforting taste of this traditional remedy.

Elderberry bushes can grow up to 10 feet tall in full sun or partial shade and require fertile, well-draining soil. To grow elderberry, choose a space in your garden that receives at least six hours of sunlight and plant in early spring or fall. You can plant elderberry shrubs from cuttings or small plants, space them 6-10 feet apart in rows and water them regularly. Prune annually in late winter or early spring to promote growth and limit the size of the shrub. Elderberry plants can take 2-3 years before they mature enough to produce fruit, but once they do, they can provide abundant harvests for years to come. Whether used in jams, jellies, or syrups, or taken for their natural health benefits, elderberries are a tasty and rewarding addition to any garden.

We order our elderberry cuttings each year from Riverhills Harvest. However, we’ve found it growing wild here on our new property. We’ll be harvesting our own cuttings during their dormant season. 

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The versatility of elderberry syrup extends beyond just being a health remedy. It can be used as a sweetener for tea, cocktails, or even pancakes. With its rich, fruity flavor, it’s not hard to see why elderberry syrup has become a household staple. So why not try making some for yourself? Your immune system will thank you!


Elderberry Syrup

Course Herbal Remedy
Keyword Elderberry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Dried Elderberries
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger
  • 1/2 cup Raw Local Honey *Not Recommended for a child under 1 – Would use Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Cloves Optional
  • Fresh Peppermint Optional
  • 1/2 cup Rose Hips Optional


  • Pour in 4 cups of water and place it on medium heat
  • Add in your elderberry and other herbs
  • Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for 5 minutes
  • Add a lid and cover on the simmer setting for 45 minutes
  • Strain your elderberry liquid and stir in your honey, while the mixture is still warm
  • Give your herbs to your chickens or add them to your compost pile
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months or place in the freezer for up to 6 months


We always recommend talking with your primary care physician and doing your own research when it comes to taking elderberry or other herbs. 
It is recommended that adults take one tablespoon of elderberry up to 3 times a day. While children can take one teaspoon of elderberry one to three times a day. You can take elderberry year-round, but it is recommended to only take elderberry when you are needing to boost your immune system. 
For I will restore your health,
I will heal you of your wounds,” says Adonai
Jeremiah 30:17


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